Fighting heat-related illness

Today the FBU and Union Learn are launching a vital health and safety initiative – our Heat Illness Preparation and Awareness (HIPA) course. Overexposure to heat can have a significant effect on a firefighter’s health, with an immediate risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Coroner reports from...

Proud to be LGBT+, proud to be a Firefighter

For LGBT+ History Month, Fire Brigades Union LGBT Secretary Pat Carberry looks back on the fight for acceptance in the fire and rescue service. I was first inspired to get involved in the FBU LGBT Section as a result of a few brave LGBT+ firefighters who came out in their workplaces in the 1990s...

The strength of FBU membership

Unity is strength, and this key trade union principle was clearly recognised by the 11 new members from Portland fire station in Dorset, writes Dorset brigade organiser Scott Blandford. I paid a visit to Portland, a retained fire station in Dorset, last December, to discuss FBU membership benefits...

Anti-racist rally

Firefighters unite against the far-right

Firefighters are proud to stand with anti-racist organisations and oppose the toxic rhetoric of far-right leaders, writes Ben Selby. Firefighters are committed to a culturally diverse, tolerant society and are troubled by the challenge we face from the racist and fascist right in the UK. On Sunday...

James Watt Street fire 50 years on

50 years on from the James Watt Street fire which killed 22 people, Denise Christie, Scottish secretary, reflects on the events of 18 November 1968. The James Watt Street fire, a fatal factory fire in Glasgow, was notable for the huge loss of life, with 22 employees killed and trapped in a building...

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